November Creative Challenge Halfway Point Check-in – life+running

November Creative Challenge Halfway Point Check-in

November’s Goal — Just write: 50,000 Words.

I set this month’s creative goal as JUST WRITE 50,000 words. Don’t go back and edit. Revise later.

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Goals for this challenge:

  • Write a HUGE chunk of a novel. I’ve gotten to the 20-30K word count mark before, but didn’t press forward because I either got busy or became disinterested with the project (or both). I’m still interested in this project, so I’m hoping I can keep going.
  • Build my writing chops and become a better writer. I need to figure out a way to measure this, and I’m not sure if I can measure this for myself. I have, however, made progress towards creating a daily writing habit. I’ve been writing in the morning before work (save for post-election recovery days last week — I’m not recovered, but I’m moving forward thanks to Bernie Sanders’s interview yesterday).
  • Actually hit 50,000 words. I’m not sure where I’m at as far as the entirety of the novel goes, but my word count that I’m counting for NaNoWriMo and this challenge is now at 21,079.

So, how’s the novel coming?

Storywise, I guess, the novel is starting to form. It still looks like a lump of clay on a potter’s wheel, but one that’s started to take a recognizable shape. This format seems to work for me. Here’s the deal: I don’t like writing with a clear plot line. It doesn’t work for me. I feel boxed into a plan. I think this is why I’ve not done well when I’ve tried to write before. If I was writing nonfiction, having a plan (and a checklist!) would work stunningly for me. But fiction? Pushing myself to write words in large quantities without thinking about plot beforehand has actually driven (what I think are) clever plot points. When I started this novel’s journey, I had a semblance of a plot, some characters, and a couple of twists. Writing itself has helped me uncover pieces of the story that are both important to character development and the plot twists. These are things that I hope a reader will notice after the twist and go back and say to themselves, “Hey! Now that I know the twist, I need to re-read this because I think the main character actually meant something different here.”

Craft wise? That’s a different story (haha, see what I did there?). I haven’t bothered reading what I’ve written other than to skim through to remember where I left off the previous day. I know that the text isn’t written as well as it should be (and can be!). It’s redundant in places, there’s I’m okay with that — for now — because this process is allowing the story to happen, and I can go back and edit later. Editing is, after all, my favorite part (contrary to what you probably think if you’re a forever blog reader of mine — I don’t do a great editing job on this because it’s kind of important to me to see how my thoughts played out and not editing and having a polished post).

Anyway, I started to ramble there. I’m hopeful that I can hit 50,000 words, but I have fallen behind. Mark’s gone this weekend so I’ll have some time to myself. I’m hoping to finish last month’s creative challenge (because lord knows we need some kindness now) and to catch up on this one. If I can write 10,000 words this weekend I’ll be in good shape. I think I can do that because I have been consistently writing 1500 words in the 45 minutes it takes me to drink my tea, eat my toast, and wake up in the morning before work. Except for today because I wrote this. D’oh. 

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Fellow NaNoWriMo-ers … how are you doing? 

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2 Comment

  1. I’m staying on track, but just barely. My story is not going as smoothly as I expected it to. I blame the election throwing me for a loop. It takes me 2+ hours to get my writing done each day, maybe a little less if I really try not to think too much. And I’m pretty sure I’m still going to have a lot of writing left to do on the first draft once I hit 50k at the end of the month, so that’s a little bit of a bummer. Oh well! Onward.

    1. Calee says: Reply

      ONWARD! My story totally doesn’t make sense, and I’m with you — definitely going to have to write more after this even if I hit the word count. The editing is going to be a monster on this.

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